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Beamish, North of England Open Air Museum - Harness' Electric Corsets

Beamish is a huge (300 acres/120 ha) open-air museum, in County Durham, which tells the story of the people of the North East in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. It does this by preserving and displaying examples of everyday life - everything from whole streets and buildings (moved from their original locations before demolition), vehicles, tools and equipment, and even livestock; with museum staff dressed in period costume to demonstrate machinery at work and explain the history behind it all.

The museum was established on the Beamish site in 1970 by its first director, Dr Frank Atkinson. He had realised that, as the North East's traditional industries such as coalmining and shipbuilding declined, the communities that served them were also disappearing, and he thought it was vital to preserve the traditions and ways of life of those communities.

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Taken on May 29, 2012